Tennis superstar Serena Williams had an unexpected health scare recently as confirmed last Wednesday to People Magazine by her representative, Nicole Chabot. The 12-time Grand Slam winner is currently recuperating at her L.A. home after her emergency operation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Hospital on Monday after her doctors discovered a blood clot in her lungs. “Last week, Serena suffered from a pulmonary embolism which was discovered upon her return to L.A. She had been in New York for doctor appointments for the ongoing issues with her foot,” Chavot said.
Her condition, pulmonary embolism, is primarily a blood clot which originates from the vein in the upper thigh and then travels to the lung. Mostly at risk to this condition are persons who usually take long travels in airplanes and cars as well as those who suffered injuries which keeps the leg immobilized for long periods of time. This condition may be treated through clot-removal surgery wherein a doctor may have it removed via a thin flexible tube or catheter threaded through the blood vessels. Also, it can be administered by anticoagulant drugs to prevent further clotting.
The 29-year old tennis champ has been under treatment last week for a foot injury she incurred when she stepped into broken glass at a restaurant back in July. This incident could have possibly caused the blood clot leading to pulmonary embolism.
According to Dr. Mark Adelman of NYU Langone Medical Center, Williams’ lungs will completely heal in six to 12 weeks and her doctors may advise her not to play tennis for a while to avoid risk of bruising and bleeding. She is currently being closely monitored to avoid complications.
Last week, Williams announced that she was training for comeback for the French Open in May since her fourth Wimbledom win in July and she is hoping to be up and about in June for the opening of the 2011 Wimbledon.
As noted by a Pam Shriver, former tennis player and now ESPN commentator, Williams is expected to make a successful comeback not only because she’s young and very talented but because she has the desire and spirit of a true champion.